Fluoride Action Network

State Fluoride Database

Read the latest fluoride news from your state; find out if your town is fluoridated, see if any communities have recently rejected fluoridation, learn if your state has a law that mandates fluoridation, and other fluoride-related information.

Delaware

WATER FLUORIDATION STATUS:

  • PERCENT OF PEOPLE SERVED BY PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS THAT ARE FLUORIDATED:
    2014: 87.1%
    201286.3%
    200673.6%
    200080.9%
    199267.4%
  • To see if your town is fluoridated, click here.
  • To learn when your town was fluoridated, and which fluoridation chemical it uses, click here.

LATEST NEWS:

  • To see the latest news on fluoride developments in Delaware, click here.
  • To see an updated list of Delaware professionals calling for an end to fluoridation, click here.

DELAWARE’S MANDATORY FLUORIDATION LAW:

  • Delaware Code Annex title 16, § 124 mandates statewide public water fluoridation in all communities unless they weren’t fluoridated prior to 1974 and voted that year against fluoridation.  To learn more about this law, click here.
  • As of 1998 fluoridation is mandated for all municipalities but not rural water districts. State funds will pay for fluoridation equipment, but not chemicals, for three years from date of passage of the law. Delaware, which had previously passed a mandatory law in 1968, changed it to require a referendum in 1974, then changed it again to a mandatory law in 1998. Delaware provides funds for fluoridation equipment for 3 years from the date of passage of the law.

DATA ON ORAL HEALTH:

FAN’S STATE COORDINATOR IN DELAWARE:

If you live in DE and want to get the fluoride out of your water contact Stuart Cooper, FAN’s campaign coordinator.

FLUORIDE POLLUTION SOURCES IN DELAWARE:

In 2008, Connecticut ranked #33 out of 48 states for Hydrogen Fluoride releases (307,600 pounds). The following data comes from EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). “Total releases” includes both water and air pollution. It’s important to note, however, that not all industries or sources that release fluoride into the environment are included in the TRI.

2008 Total Releases
(in pounds)
Type of Industry Name of Industry
230,000 Coal-fired power plant INDIAN RIVER GENERATING STATION. 29416 POWER PLANT RD, DAGSBORO, Delaware 19939 (SUSSEX)
77,053 Coal-fired power plant EDGE MOOR/HAY ROAD POWER PLANTS. 200 HAY RD, WILMINGTON, Delaware 19809 (NEW CASTLE)
547 Chemicals HONEYWELL DELAWARE PLANT. 6100 PHILADELPHIA PIKE, CLAYMONT, Delaware 19703 (NEW CASTLE)

 

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